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OUR MISSION

The Mission of The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success is to instill pride in and understanding of African American culture as a tool to encourage academic achievement and positive behaviors, toward post-secondary matriculation and productive citizenship.

We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors

Invest In Yourself

For more than 30 years African American students have participated in The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success summer program, which teaches the core curriculum from a cultural perspective. The Academy encourages students to take responsibility for their academic progress, uses cultural information to teach them why it is important, and shows them how to do it.

The AAAP (African American Awareness Program) mirrors the Expansion program and prepares middle school students for The Academy SPS. In AAAP middle schoolers continue to learn the importance of self regard and academic excellence.

The Academy Expansion offers weekly lessons in the culture to African American third, fourth, and fifth graders, teaching the self confidence, and classroom skills necessary to establish academic success.

Parental Support

Parent involvement in Academy programming is crucial–both because parents may need to “put their foot down” in order to encourage students to attend an academic program during the summer, and because parents as volunteers and supporters are necessary.

The Academy requires parent involvement from the Orientation through the Closing Ceremony. If a parent is unwilling/unavailable, a responsible adult may support the student. Parents are oriented along with students regarding the structure and expectations of the programs. They must engage in a one-on-one conference on their student’s progress, are expected to attend the Closing Ceremony, and are encouraged to visit classes and even travel with The Academy on our post-session trips.

Parent volunteers are also expected to support the program by attending meetings and helping with student fundraisers. Once a student is an “Academy Kid”, the family becomes part of our “Family”.

You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been